Another day, another beatdown.
That’s right. Last time we left off with the Rayburn clan, Sally was diva slapping the daylights out of Jane, parenthood was slapping the final drops of tequila out of Kevin’s mouth, and Coach Rayburn was beating the bejeezus out of Ozzy. But with every fight club night comes a morning of pain to follow. Or at least a faucet. We open up with John washing the metaphorical/actual blood off his hands. Diana walks in, but at this point, she doesn’t even try. Poor Diana, for real. The next day, Diana, John, and Jane sit down for a come-to-Coach-Rayburn meeting about what happened with Sally. Jane complains that she was only telling “the truth,” but if a Rayburn knows anything, it’s that you do not tell the truth to anyone.
Elsewhere, Evangeline is in her natural habitat, doing nothing in a bed. Kind-of-boyfriend Ozzy tells her about getting attacked, but he won’t admit that it was John who did it. She laughs and mentions John and tells Ozzy that the only reason that he’s staying is because he’s “having fun.” Shiners don’t seem like fun to me, but I also don’t think cocaine is fun, so WHO KNOWS WHAT’S UP WITH ME. Anyway, Ozzy grabs Evangeline by the hair and asks why she would want them to be her family. She looks kind of like when you pick a cat up by its neck fur, so I’m not sure if she enjoyed it, hated it, or if it just paralyzed her. Either way, Ozzy tells her she has nothing to worry about.
Out on the dock, O’Dirtbag is just trying to live his truth, and Marco swings by to ask more questions about that damn hotel room. Marco tells him that it’s only a matter of time before he pins a body on him, and it finally comes to a head. He tells Marco to go talk to the people with the answers — Danny’s family. Speaking of Danny’s family, Meg is cross-referencing Ms. Ortiz’ medical records with Marco’s employment records and it appears that Ms. Ortiz was being honest. Meg tells John that he’s within seven points of the sheriff and that she’s going to have him speak at a victim’s rights rally. She nearly tells him about Marco, but we have three episodes left, y’all. Can’t reveal everything.
Back at the house, Diana and Sally cross paths. Sally tells Diana that she feels awful, but Diana shuts it down in her own loving way. And then she tells her that the violence continues, and she wonders where Danny got it from, which is not a loving way to voice your concerns. That’s when Sally gets real and tells Diana that they all had a hand in killing Danny, even John, which is ironic because… in case you forgot, John killed Danny.
At the crossroads of complicated and progress, Kevin goes to AA and admits that he’s an alcoholic and actually chimes in at the meeting. It’s easy to focus on Kyle Chandler or Linda Cardellini, but in this moment, Norbert Leo Butz shows why Kevin is hardly the Rayburn to ignore. His approach to Kevin is nuanced and subtle, but ultimately his story is one of the most powerful of all. But if anyone’s downfall was unexpected, it’s Marco’s strange spiral. He has lunch with the sheriff to discuss the Red Reef Inn murder, and the sheriff makes a bold (accurate) claim that the family worked together to cover up a murder.
Gary tells Marco to bring in Meg and Kevin for questioning, and as a service, Marco immediately tells John about it. John goes to Meg and Kevin to tell them to keep the story the same, but Kevin is nervous because last time he testified he was high and (probably) drunk, so it’s a tricky road to walk again. Speaking of tricky roads, Sally has Nolan over for some tea and light talk about Danny. Nolan spares no time in tearing into Sally’s emotions, and that’s when Sally drops a truth bomb on Nolan by saying she thought Danny shouldn’t have a child. Nevertheless, she wants to make nice with Nolan and let him know that she’s there. Nolan tells her about the restaurant, and Sally asks if he will take her there. I would KILL for a Nolan/Sally road trip spin-off.
Meg talks to Kevin about AA, and he tells her that it’s going well, but it’s nearly impossible because recovery is about honesty and it’s not the Rayburn’s strong suit — unless you’re Jane, who has no understanding of what’s actually going on. Diana finds her snooping through John’s stuff looking for her seahorse necklace (!!), but it’s in the moment that Diana is explaining why Danny wasn’t a good person that she finally figures out that John killed Danny. Jane sasses off, but that’s clearly not the point when you realize that your husband killed his brother, ya know?
Back at the station, Marco begins his questioning with Kevin. It doesn’t take long before Kevin starts stumbling over his words a bit. Marco thinks that he’s getting closer to something, but Kevin speaks the truth and tells Marco that he crushed some cocaine and booze the night he last saw Danny. When it comes to the next day, he gets stumped on where he was in the morning. Instead of going with the throwaway response (hungover on cocaine and liquor), he says that Meg called him and he needed more cocaine. Then he admits that he had seen the boat from Danny’s crash and that it belonged to his dealer (Rafi). Meg is super proud.
NEXT: No one just shakes hands anymore